Mailboxes Overflow with Junk

1 decade 3 years 8 months ago Thursday, February 23 2006 Feb 23, 2006 Thursday, February 23, 2006 5:32:59 PM CST February 23, 2006 in News

Most of us throw away junk mail immediately. When it comes again the next day, we do the same thing. It's a repetitive cycle, but a Columbia man did something about it.

John Dye decided to see how much junk mail he got, so he saved it for a year. Now, a paper sack overflows with 25 pounds of it.

"Probably 50% of them at least have never been looked at," he admitted. "Like some of mine, I never even open them. I never even look at them. If I see it's a junk mail, it goes into the bag."

Each year, 78,000 tons of junk mail floods the U.S., destroying 400 million trees, costing $320 million in disposal fees and filling 3% of America's landfills.

If you get unwanted junk mail, you can cross out your address, write "refused--return to sender" on the envelope, put it back in your mailbox, and let the Post Office take care of it.

"It depends on how the mailer wants that mail handled," explained Columbia Postmaster Jackie Cook. "Is it the way we will return it, or they just want us to destroy it or not."

At least the senders know their mail's not wanted.

When ordering products or filling out forms, you can also stop junk mail by writing in large letters: "Don't sell my name or address."

Or, call the junk mail sender and tell the company to remove your name from its mailing list.

To stop unsolicited credit card offers, call toll-free 888-5-OPT-OUT.

Your mailbox won't be so full, and the landfill gets a break, too.

If you have a problem or concern you want Target 8 to investigate, e-mail Target 8 at KOMU.com.

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